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From December Ist to December 8th.


Lace and Duty, and other Poems. By THOMAS CLARKE, Author of "A Day in May," &c. The Modern History and Condition of Egypt, its Climate, Diseases, and

Capabilities; exhibited in a Personal Narrative of Travels in that coon try ; with an Account of the Proceedings of Mahommed All Pasha, from 1801 to 1843; interspersed with illustrations of Scripture history, the fulfilment of prophecy, and the progress of civilization in the East. By WILLIAM BOLT YATES, M.D., &c. With illustrations. In two volumes.

The Eastern and Western States of America. By J. S. BUCKINGHAM, Esq. In three volumes.

A Voyage Round the Coasts of Scotland and the Isles. Byglasiss sow, F.R.S.E., M.W.S., &c. In two volumes.

tions as to Reform in some Branches of the Law. I. The Mode of

Remunerating the Profession. 2. The Alienation, Mortgaging, and Settling Real Property. 3. The Court of Chancery, and the Masters Office. 4. The Enfranchisement of Copyholds. 5. The Consolidation and Digest of the Statute and Common Law. By JAMES STEWART, of Lincoln's Inn, Esq , Barrister-at.law.

Lady Singleton ; or the World as it is By Twomas Meow's, E.g., Author of "Conversations of Lord Byron," &c. In three volumes. The Posthumous Works of Junius: to which is prefixed, An Inquiry re- specting the Author ; also a Sketch of the Life of John Horne Tooke. [Why this volume should come to us now, is almost as puzzling a question as the authorship of Justus itself. The book was published at New York in the year 1829; and that there is no mistake in the date is evident, not only from the preface, and the certificate of registry, but from the date of some letters to the compiler, printed in a second appendix, apparently added in binding up unsold copies or " remains "—for there is no sign of a second edition. But being here, its contents and purpose may be chronicled. The Post- humous Works of Junius, as they are called, contain, filet, almost a hundred pages of extract and disquisition touching Justus ; the extracts chiefly. con- sisting of passages from different writers who have discussed the question of authorship; the original disquisition being by the American compiler, and very feeble and illogical it i.. A long life of HORNE TOOKE comes next, founded on the biography by STEPHENS, and perhaps something more than founded on it. A sort of essay to prove that HORNE TOOKE was JUNIUS follows; after which we have what are more truly the Posthumous Works of Junius,—meaning, letters written under other signatures, or after the letters of JUNIUS had ceased. Lastly, there is an appendix of contemporary matters, relating either to the letters, or some supposed authors of them. By industry in quoting other books some curious matter is got together ; but the compiler's own labours are miserable. He is incapable of apprehending the commonest principles of logic, or even of comprehending what he reads. He declares that JUNIUS cannot be Lord GEORGE SACKVILLE, because in some by-letter he alludes to his Lordship's supposed want of courage: yet the whole of his argument, nay the whole of his publication, rests upon the assumption that JUNIUS in his assumed character was in the habit of abusing himself in his ownperson, to divert attention from the real author. The controversy with BORNE (subsequently HORSE TOOKE) was artfully contrived, says this com- piler, in order to restore the popular favour to HORNE, of which WILKES, on their quarrel, had deprived him: yet popular triumph is the very thing which Justus achieved in the controversy. Attacking HORNE hastily on a specific ground which he could not prove, Justus was of necessity defeated logically ; but he really gained a victory, partly through his adversary's folly in extend- ing his position, and partly, in Hammes words, "beat him down by the mere force of his style." As for Justus sparing HORNE, his mercy seems about the oddest we have ever met with.]

History of the Church of Christ, from the Diet of Augsburg 1530, to the eighteenth century. Originally designed as a Continuation of Milner's

History. By HENRY STEM:HNC, D.D. In three volumes. Volume III. [This volume concludes the work; and is chiefly occupied with the history of the Anglican Church from the rise of the Puritans until their final triumph by the death of LAUD; the character of the Establishment to the present time being given in a few general remarks, not told by a narrative of events or a mention of persons. Arminianism and Jansenism are the two subjects which occupy Dr. STEBBING with the Continental Churches; and they are dismissed with comparative brevity.]

Hymns for the Christian Church and Home. Collected and edited by JAMES MARTINEAU. [This volume contains a various and multitudinous selection of hymns in- tended for public worship or private devotion, selected from a great number of writers, English and foreign, ancient and modern, from TATE and BRADY down to HEBER. The pieces are arranged under various classes: thus, the sixth book contains "Incidents and Relations Personal and Domestic," in- volving hymns for a child, a parent, in distress, on a marriage, &c.; and the whole seem, whether in human or theological subjects, to avoid disputed points, and rest upon the broad doctrines of wurship: but it strikes us that the com- piler is an Unitarian, though some passages assert the divinity of Christ. The hymns and pieces are considerably beyond six hundred in number; metre- marks are prefixed to each; and the book is well provided with index-references of two or three kinds. The editor avows occasional alterations, sometimes verbal or syllabic, where the original author was more devout than harmonious. but sometimes made, if we understand him rightly, upon " rationalistic " principles.] A Treatise on the Law of Copyright, in Literature, the Drama, Music, En- graving, and Sculpture, and also in Designs for ornamenting articles of manufacture; including the recent Statutes on the subject. By Pullen BURKE, Esq., of the Inner Temple, Barrister-at-law.

[A popular view of the legal principles of copyright, as embraced in decisions by the courts, with an exposition of the late acts upon the extension of copy- right in literary or artistical works, and designs for manufacture, as well as such points relating to the acted drama, Sec. as have not been repealed : the recent statutes are reprinted in the appendix, and there is a reference to all the cases alluded to. The book is a very useful compendium on the subject of copyright ; which from the acts of last session, especially from Mr. EMERSON TENNEIVT's " Copyright in Designs Act," is likely to become of more practical Importance and daily use than formerly.] The Chemist; or Reporter of Chemical Discoveries and Improvements, and Protector of the Rights of the Chemist and Chemical Manufac- turer. Edited by CHARLES WATT and JOHN WATT. Volume IlL [The summary of the principal articles in this volume gives a numerous array of foreign chemists, whose communications to the scientific journals of other countries have been translated in the present work; but the number of English contributors is comparatively small. The editors confidently instance this as a proof " that chemistry is making less rapid advances in England than on the Continent "; which, though a non-sequitur so far as their useful little publica- tion is concerned, is nevertheless a truth.

The fourth volume will commence a new and enlarged series ; which is rendered necessary by the increase of foreign contributions, and a determina- tion to devote greater space and attention to the department of "chemical mannfact ures."] The Practical Bread-Baker. By G. READ, Author of "The Confec- tioner and Pastry-Cook's Assistant," &c. [This little brochure seems to he by the same author as The Confectioner, noticed below; but the author is here as general as he is there practical ; half of the present tract being taken up with bewailing the little profit of master- bakers from the numbers in the trade, and deploring the hardships of the journeymen from overwork, with a plan fur reforming the early rising of the bakers.] The Ladies' Handbook of Plain Needlework. By the Author of " The Ladies' Handbook of Fancy Needlework and Embroidery," &c.

[Tells what any little girl would be ashamed of not knowing. When shirts are made at a peony a piece, who would be a sempstress, that could avert abso- lute starvation by any other means 7]

On School Education; designed to assist parents in choosing and in co- operating with instructers for their sons. By the Reverend JAmes Pr- CROFT, B.A. Trinity College, Oxford.

The Handbook of Communication by Telegraph : describing the various methods either by flags or other semsphor,s. With engravings.

The Autobiography of Heinrich Stilling, late Antic Counsellor to the Grand Duke of Baden, &e. Translated from the German, by S. JACK., SON. Second edition.


Russia. By J. G. KOHL. Part IL (Foreign Library.)

[This completes the selection from Koues work on Russia, proposed to be published in the" Foreign Library." Its contents finish the account of Moscow ; carry the reader through the German provinces on the Baltic, South Russia, and the Crimea, the Steppes of Southern Russia, and the interior of the country ; the author pleasantly mingling personal incident with general description as he goes along, and we think to a greater extent than in his picture of the capital. Compared with Mr. Commutes publication from the same original, this of Messrs. CHAPMAN and Ham. strikes us as more various and extensive, and conveying a better idea of Russia; but that Mr. COLITURN'a, so far as it goes, may be fuller, and is perhaps the best translation. The work before us, how- ever, especially in the present part, is racily done.] The Guide to Trade. " The Confectioner." By GEORGE READ.

This is one of the most practical books that have been published in Mr. KNIGHT'S series of" The Guide to Trade." Mr. READ indulges but little in general remark, and moral advice to the confectioner that is to be, but carries him at once into the shop and strips to business ; beginning with confectionery's fundamental, the preparation of sugar, and then going through all the forma- tions of which boiled sugar is the primary element. For a guide to the highest branch of cookery, the work is amazingly cheap; but we fancy the amateur will buy confectionery cheaper than it can be made at home, and the making seems none of the easiest.]

Biographical Dictionary of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Know- ledge, Part VI. London, Part XXI.

Handy Andy, Part XII.

Thornton's History of the British Empire in India, Vol. IV. Part II. Doyle's Cyclopcedsa of Practical Husbandry, Part VIIL Mr. and Mrs. S. C. Hall's Ireland, Part XXVI.

The Commissioner, Nos. XIII. and XIV.

The Gaberlunzies Wallet, Parte XLL and XIIL ALMANACKS.

Ombrological Almanack. Hints for an Essay on Anemology and Om- brology, founded partly on admitted principles, and partly on observa- tions and discoveries, recently made, on the influence of the planet Jupiter and its satellites on our atmosphere; with a Weather Almanack for 1843. By PETER LEGU, Esq., A.M., Author of "The Music of the Eye."

The Congregational Calendar and Family Almanack, 1843.

The Garden Almanack and Floral Calendar, for 1843. The Horticul- tural department by JOSEPH HARRISON, Editor of the "Floricultural Cabinet," &c.

Kerr's Melbourne Almanack and Port Phillip Directory, for 1842. A compendium of useful and accurate information connected with Port Phillip. Compiled by WILLIAM Kean. [The Ombrological Almanack, (from elsker, rain) is another weather-calen- dar; the predictions being chiefly grounded on the sun, moon, and satellites, and stated with some particularity for day and night, morning and evening. For example, the " day " of the 1st January will be " fair with a little blue sky "; " evening, night, and morning," " fair, stars seen." Beyond some common notices connected with the calendar, this almanack has no general tables, but it contains some " Hints for an Essay on Anemology (wind science- ars'faor, wind) and Ombrology." The Congregational Calendar emanates from the Independents; and, be- sides a well-arranged amount of statistics on secular subjects, contains a vast mass of information connected with general ecclesiastical affairs, and the Inde- pendent or Congregational churches in particular. Two points from the gene- ral statistics may be worth noting. The Roman Catholics, on the authority of their own returns, are inferred to have made less direct progress than any other section of Nonconformists in the kingdom : the total receipts from Europe, the Levant, and America, in 1841, for " the Roman Catholic Society for the Propagation of the Faith," was 105,842/. ; of which France contributed 61,643/, Holland 7501., and Spain nothing, or at least nothing that is separately exhi- bited. Surely this is a sign of something.

The Garden Almanack. Besides the Calendar, this publication contains a variety of minute and practical directions for the management of the garden, and two brief papers on the culture of the anemone and the tree peony.

Kerr's Melbourne Almanack. An importation from Australia Felix. It contains, besides a calendar, and remarks adapted to another hemisphere, a good deal of information about the colony, as regards its laws, institutions, persons, and practices. What is quite as much to the purpose, its business- statistics indicate the growing prosperity of this youngest of the Australian states—that are to be.] PICTORIAL ILLUSTRATIONS AND PRINTS.

British Moths tztut their Transformations, No. XIV.

Pictorial Edition of Shakspere, Part L.—" The History of Opinion." Pictorial History of England, Part LXIX.

Abbotsford Edition of the Waverley Novels, Part XVII. Illustrated Penny Novelist, and Journal of Literature and Amusement, Part I.


King's College Magazine. By Students of King's College, London. Volume IL [This second volume terminates the work ; not, says a preface, in which flip- pant words are substituted for buoyant spirits, because the Magazine has been unsuccessful, but because the student-conductors are tired of the task. Looking at the volume as it stands before us, the success is surprising, unless the friends of the King's College students are numerous enough to support such a publication; for it supplies no public want. Neither in general plan nor in particular subjects does it differ from other magazines : in variety of topics and resources it falls below many, as it must of necessity do in worldly know- ledge and maturity of mind.

There bas been of late rather a mania for school and college periodicals. To pronounce a condemnation at starting is ungracious to amateurs, and not always satisfactory in the case of a single number. But we may say generally, that these kind of publications can rarely succeed, or deserve success. Even with capital, experience, great names, and the command of the common run of con • tributors, experience has shown that to establish a new magazine is a very difficult thing, and so far impossible, that it has not been done lately, though many have tried it : the reason for this failure being, that the public is sup- plied to the extent of its wants. The market is closed against more com- petitors, unless they can produce a very original article.

None of this applies to the Microcosm : there are two other points that also take that pride of Eton out of the general category. Its contributors were youths of much more than average ability, and its supporter was Cernineo. The Microcosm also was a series of essays, not a periodical magazine, which must be conducted by a man of business-habits ; not the business-habits required in chambers or the counting-house, but qualifications necessary to the purpose in band. BYRON, BULWER, MOORE, MARRYAT, and CAMP- BELL, not to number the stelle minores, all tried their hands at periodical literature, and all failed. The late Mr. BLACKWOOD, a most excellent man of business, especially in the business we speak of, was virtually the editor of his own magazine ; which was, and indeed is, the most successful of all.] Magazines for December—Monthly, Polytechnic Journal, London Uni- versity Magazine, (No. III.) Union.


The Government Currency Pamphlets, No. I. The Three Prize Essays on Agriculture and the Corn-Law. (Published by the Anti-Corn-Law League.)


The Art of Reading Church Music; founded on a simple explanation of the first principles of music, and designed with special reference to faci- litating the practice of Choral Psalmody. By WILLIAM MARSHALL, Mus. Doc. Oxon, Organist of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford. Holy Songs and Musical Prayers, composed or adapted and harmonized for four voices, with an accompaniment for the pianoforte or organ. By J. R. OGDEN.